2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Takes Guinness Flag-Pull Record

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As part of the recently announced Chevy Truck Legends program, 15 stout Chevrolet trucks with hundreds of thousands of mile on the odometers participated in a unique Guinness World Records run around the Texas Motor Speedway. The participants were selected from people who registered on the Truck Legends website. Legends members are eligible to participate in special events such as this throughout the year.

Call it a publicity stunt, a gimmick or a blatant attempt to get into the Guinness World Records, but Chevy's marketing crew coordinated the pulling of the largest U.S. flag in the world — 40 by 80 feet — by a moving vehicle with a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 equipped with the all-new turbo-diesel Duramax engine. The effort landed Chevy the World's Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle Guinness record. And to make it interesting, a second 2017 Silverado 2500 also pulled the largest Texas state flag around the track to mark the opening of the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Legends participants formed a convoy between the two flags during four laps of the speedway's 1.5-mile oval. Both flags will be on display at the Chevy booth at the state fair through Oct. 23.

The 6.6-liter V-8 Duramax in the Silverado 2500 that pulled both flags was mated to the upgraded Allison 1000 six-speed transmission; that combo pumps out 445 horsepower and 910 pounds-feet of torque. Although the power ratings and driving characteristics are significantly improved, heavy-duty payload and towing capacities remain unchanged for the 2017 model year.

A large contingent of helpers made sure the flag never touched the ground; they held the flag up during takeoff and the final stop in the pits.

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My ford fiesta can pill the flag easily.


Nothing new here same old junk.

This is the reason I buy Chevy!!!

Whoppie...Ford should build a bigger flag and pull it around with the F-150 with an ecoboost..

Awesome GM! Ford would have to do it with a Mexico flag since 90% of their stuff is made there.

The Tundra pulling the space shuttle was more important!

My ford fiesta can pill the flag easily.

Posted by: Brono 2020 | Oct 8, 2016 3:44:09 PM___________________________________Ford tried they even took a Fiesta to the Nurburgring but they thought it would be a bad idea to burn the American flag. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQbNg7Uo6SE

The Tundra pulling the space shuttle was more important!

Posted by: oxi | Oct 8, 2016 6:28:00 PM___________________Chevy pulled a 747 back in 1972, the best are always copied,_________________https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1-gHqov5w8

Whoppie...Ford should build a bigger flag and pull it around with the F-150 with an ecoboost..

Posted by: Chuck Z. | Oct 8, 2016 4:39:22 PM___________________Fords been tring to catch Chevy sience the 1970's, good luck, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL4OeiMjvtk

Wow it really takes 900 lbs of torque to pull a flag?

Wow it really takes 900 lbs of torque to pull a flag?

Posted by: Gasser V8 | Oct 8, 2016 7:06:42 PM

The trick is not to allow the flag to touch the ground. The Silverado accelerates so quickly, the flag doesn't fall when the flag handlers release it. The FORD and RAM are too slow from a standing start that the flag would fall onto the ground.

Silverado/sierra has the worst acceleration because GM detunes them so much so the drivetrain will get past warranty.

They tried it with a Ford, The throttle body cut out and it went into limp mode, then it caught on fire and when the driver tried to stop it the brakes wouldn't work..
Ford - Quality is job None.

Gm needs to upgrade the body on their trucks especially the cab corners, cab mounts, and rocker panels. They rot out within like 8-10 years. Also I wish they could put on a decent tailgate. Lol

747 does not compare to the shuttle, geesh!

F250s don't even have rocker panels lol!!!

That's a neat trick Congrats GM. Now I want to see it best a F350 up the Ike pulling 30,000 lbs. That's an even neater trick.

Or the RAM 3500's 32,000lb towing

You Ford Truck's owners mean "Tin foil tough" beer can tough...lol!

This was a great display of power , pride and patriotism for both country and state. There is no pick-up more American than Silverado.

As American as it's Ramon Noodle Frame.

Posted by: Ford rules G M and Ram break down | Oct 9, 2016 3:49:25 PM

This article is about GM. The same Ramon noodle frame is located in both videos below.



I've always been a Ford lover but I've got a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 that has over 350000 miles on it ! With no major work on the engine or transmission ever . Although it reminds me of an oversized station wagon. To me that kind of maintenance-free mileage is unheard of and very impressive

Very Cool event.. to the haters who immediately have to throw negative comments on the brand instead of celebrating the event.. Kindly F* OFF. Why don't you go kneel with Kaepernick A* holes.

747 does not compare to the shuttle, geesh!
Posted by: oxi | Oct 8, 2016 10:43:55 PM

I think you need to look again. Space shuttle is much smaller than a 747. Heck the 747 carried the space shuttle on its back.

oxi: you do know the Shuttle, when its not on the booster rockets and needs to be flown somewhere else, it is mounted to the back of a 747. Which is able to take off carrying the shuttle on its back, right? you have seen that haven't you? The 747 weighs about three times as much rated for total takeoff flight weight. A Kubota tractor could have pulled the Shuttle as well as any pickup truck could!

Its funny how the ford fanbois talk trash about the Silverado's frame being noodle like. But all you have to do is go on YouTube and enter Ford F350 Chevy 3500 ramp twist! take a look at what happens to the Ford! Body damage and stuck tailgate, very funny!

I belive that the greyiron block soon will be changed to one in the futuristic CGI wich is used all over V-diesel from Ford,RAM, Cummins a s o

The Defiance foundry is now annoucing that it will end the ancient production of greyiron blocks.


It is a shame a ford could pull that flag but if the truck won't start then a Chevy will. That is why the Indy 500 stopped using ford trucks as rescue vehicles in the 1990's. Didn't look good when a race car crashed and the fords wouldn't start to go help the driver. They even tried keeping them running at idle the whole race but they ran out of gas before the 300 mile mark.

Whoppie...Ford should build a bigger flag and pull it around with the F-150 with an ecoboost..

Posted by: Chuck Z. | Oct 8, 2016 4:39:22 PM

No way. The f-150 squats too much and the flag would drag on the ground.

Isuzu powered welfare wagon pulls big flags.

Nice stunt Gov Motors.

Try paying your bills on your own instead.


Once again GM is dethroned

Awesome GM! Ford would have to do it with a Mexico flag since 90% of their stuff is made there.

Posted by: johnny doe | Oct 8, 2016 5:52:45 PM

Hey johnny, looks like you are incorrect once again.

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